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May 29, 2003

Blakely-- The teen aged hero who pulled Vera Jackson from the flames is being applauded for his heroics.

Thirteen-year-old Keion Bryant rushed into the burning house, pulling Jackson to safety. Wednesday morning, Fire Commissioner John Oxendine will present the seventh grader with a plaque commending his bravery.

Tuesday night, the Blakely City Council will present Bryant with a special resolution in his honor. Family members say they are proud.

Sanjonetta Bryant says, "He's my nephew and I'm very proud of him, for him to have the thought of going into a burning building, knowing he has a pacemaker, risking his own life, yes."

Bryant's courageous rescue is getting national attention. Blakely Fire Chief Kenneth Jones says he has been contacted by CNN to do a story on the young hero.

The 13-year-old told us he was scared of being burned, but something told him to go into the burning house to help the women trapped inside. He did not receive any injuries during the daring rescue.

Posted at 4:00 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com